Food in Italy: Italian cooking and dining from your villa or apartment
If you’ve rented a villa or apartment in Italy, no doubt you’ll be trying to sample all the foods of Italy you can– dining out and eating in. Here’s a quick and easy guide for getting food in Italy, whether you’re ordering your first Italian meal at that sumptuous restaurant down the street or buying produce at the local market to create your own authentic Italian food.
Shopping for Italian Food
One of the great delights of renting an Italian villa or apartment is shopping for produce at an outdoor market. Virtually all towns in Italy have an outdoor market, usually once a week (ask around to find out which day). But regardless of whether you’re at a market, a small grocery, or a supermarket, there is just one rule to remember when shopping for food in Italy: DO NOT TOUCH THE PRODUCE. We’re quite used to handling our apples and oranges in the US, but in Italy it is considered very rude!
In an outdoor market, you should indicate which fruits or vegetables you need, and the seller will pick out the best specimens for you. Don’t try to indicate that you don’t, for example, want that slightly green lemon– picking out produce is a point of honor for sellers, and rejecting his/her choice is an insult! Another thing to note about open markets in Italy is that there is no bargaining. In Italy, a price is a price.
In a small grocery, you still can’t touch the produce (no matter how much you want to)! Instead, wait until an employee comes to help you. Indicate you choices and the employee will pick the produce and put it in a bag.
If you really need control over your produce selection, try a large supermarket: here you will be provided with plastic gloves so that you can pick your own fruits and vegetables! Weigh each bag and punch a button for that particular item, whereupon a machine will dispense a sticker that you should put on the bag before taking it to the checkout line.
Another great place to pick up some traditional Italian food is a deli. There are no special rules here (although you might have to “take a number” or wait in line). Pick up delicious marinated meats, prepared olives, artichoke salads, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, and everything else you might find at a full-service American deli– only better!
Here’s a list of some delicious common foods in Italy:
– Pane (bread: get it fresh in the morning!)
– Aceto (vinegar: balsamic or wine)
– Aglio (garlic)
– Basilico (basil)
– Olio di Uliva (olive oil)
– Limoni (lemons)
– Pomodori (tomatoes)
– Capperi (capers)
– Porcini (mushrooms)
– Other vegetables: potatoes, onions, carrots, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and everything else!
– Tonno (canned tuna)
– Uova (eggs)
– Frutta (fruit)
– Pollo (chicken)
– Vino (wine)
Italian Cooking – Recipes
What could be better than cooking in Italy with all those delicious fresh ingredients? Here are a few simple Italian food recipes you can make at your rental. If these tried-and-true favorites get old, eat out and then experiment to see if you can duplicate the recipe.
1. Tortellini in Brodo con Petti di Pollo: Make a broth using bullion and add tortellini, chopped chicken, and veggies. Serve with local parmigiano cheese, mixed salad, and local bread.
2. Pasta al Pomodor: Otherwise known as spaghetti, this is delicious with fresh Italian ingredients! Buy fresh pasta at the market, heat sauce (or make your own), mix in garlic and basil, and add: a can of drained tuna, olives, or artichoke hearts. Serve with parmesan, insalata mista (mixed salad), and bread.
3. Minestrone: Saute onions and garlic in oil. Add broth, bring to a boil, and add vegetables (carrots, zucchini, peppers, etc.). Just before the vegetables are cooked, add pasta and spinach. Season with your herbs of choice.
Italian Dining Customs
When you go dining in Italy, remember this: Italy is a food culture! If you’re looking for fine Italian foods, it’s not going to be fast. Meals are a social event to be enjoyed, one delicious course at a time. Let’s begin with the courses, in order:
1. Primi – A pasta dish
2. Secondo – The main course: meat or fish. This course may also include the contorno, or side dishes, which are usually vegetables.
3. Fromaggio – Cheeses
4. Frutta – Fruit
5. Dolce – A sweet
6. Café – After-dinner drinks, including coffee, wines, liqueurs, and digestives.
Note also that, depending on the restaurant in question, courses 3, 4, and 5 may be condensed or eliminated (for example, only cheese may be offered).
There aren’t any hard and fast rules in Italian dining, but there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. Upon receiving a menu with five or six courses, many Americans feel like they are expected to order one item from each course. Not so! It’s perfectly acceptable to order a first, third, and fifth course if that’s all you want.
When you order, do so all at once, at the beginning. Don’t order the first course, eat, and then tell them you want the second! The exceptions are desserts and coffee; at the end of the meal, your waiter should offer you the restaurant’s choices.
Eating in Italy
Whether you’re dining out or cooking your own Italian meals, have fun! If you accidentally touch that piece of forbidden fruit, remember to say “Mi dispiace!” And when the second course seems to be taking hours to arrive, sit back, relax, and have a good chat with your companions. This is la vita bella– enjoy it while it lasts.
NORTHERN ITALY TRAVEL
La Dolce Vita! So they say of the northern Italy travel. Composed of eight equally enchanting regions such as Peimonte, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia, Liguria and Emilia Romagna, north Italy is definitely a vacation getaway.
Northern Italy travel will take you to its large cities like Turin, Milan, Venice, Genoa and Bologna. These cities offer a glimpse of the unique northern Italy culture and lifestyle. Music and art are very essential elements of northern Italy travel. A wide variety of music can be heard in so many places. Traditional Italian folk music played along the streets to chamber music in the summer reflects the richness of its culture. Locals and tourists make it a habit to listen to good music while enjoying local wine in cafés at the end of the day.
Like any other part of Italy, northern Italy travel will unveil the best Italian recipes. Their pasta cuisine starts with a “primo” and “secondi” is either meat or fish. Roast alpine fish and strudel eaten with a glass of local made wine is a discovery of authentic northern Italy cuisine.
There are several activities in store for those who wish to have a northern Italy travel. Considered as a winter sports paradise, Mount Blanc in the northwest has great snow slopes perfect for those winter sports. The northern Italy travel is a place for summer sports as well. Its cities boasts of splendid historic architecture and rich art collection.
Lomabardy and Piemonte are Italy’s most luxurious regions, with Milan and Turin reflecting the affluent lifestyle. The beauty of a northern Italy travel is not a secret. Travelers from around the world have been trooping towards the Alps for some hiking and skiing practice, to the lakes for their sheer magnificence, and to the cities for the real Italian experience.
One famous reasons for a northern Italy travel to some tourists would be the majestic golf courses. A breathtaking view of the Alps surrounding Italian golf courses is a popular aspect of northern Italy’s profile.
Food is another aspect. There are several restaurants which offer practically the same Italian cuisine.However, you might want to check out the different trattoria or the restaurants which locals love to dine in. The trattoria may be small and less sophisticated, but they definitely serve the best Italian recipes.
Northern Italy travel tries to bring together two of Italy’s favourite hobbies – golf and cooking. The places gives plenty of opportunity for leisure walking along historical streets and leaves enough time to do what all Italians love to do – relax while sampling good Italian food and local wine. Surely, northern Italy travel is more than a taste of the sweet life!
Now that we eat a mostly whole foods plant based diet, we have chances to do that every day! Here are our top easy vegan recipes for beginners.
First up in our easy vegan recipes for beginners: Cauliflower Tacos! This fan favorite recipe stars our crispy breaded cauliflower (baked, not fried), which are reminiscent of the texture of fish tacos. Add to that refried beans and silky Yum Yum Sauce and they’re all about one thing: big flavor!
This vegan spaghetti with creamy marinara sauce is creamy, cozy, comforting and so darn good. The sauce is supremely savory: garlic, shallots, and capers all work together with cashew cream to make as much umami as possible. This is always a hit with everyone around the table: and usually one or two friends will ask for the recipe. It’s one of our tried and true easy vegan recipes.
Loaded sweet potatoes is one of our favorite easy vegan recipes. And you won’t believe the flavor in these Mexican sweet potatoes! They’re the perfect blend of sweet and savory. The spicy pico de gallo is the perfect complement to the light sweetness of the potato. Topped with creamy cilantro sauce made out of a secret vegan ingredient (cashews!), it’s a little bit of heaven.
This homemade vegetable soup recipe is all things comforting, featuring turmeric and lots of veggies. You know that noodle soup that your mom made you growing up? This one tastes like a cross between that and an elevated version of canned soup. It was actually inspired by recovering from an illness, so it’s got a limited ingredient list. Use it as a template and you can other veggies to your liking! If we were making it into a more filling soup, we’d add can of drained and rinsed white beans, and add some baby spinach in the last few minutes of cooking.
This jackfruit BBQ sandwich tastes just like pulled pork, nestled on a bun with tangy coleslaw! Your friends and family won’t believe it’s vegan. Fruit that seems like meat? After tasting it, we’re 99.9% sure you’ll also be on the jackfruit BBQ train! First you’ll make a barbecue sauce that’s perfectly balanced with sweet, tangy, savory, and a little boozy. Then you’ll saute your green jackfruit and let it simmer until the jackfruit takes on the boozy, tangy flavor. Serve it on a bun with vinegar coleslaw (or creamy coleslaw with vegan mayo).
These vegan tacos are a bit outside the box, since the filling is made of quinoa! The quinoa filling is toasted and filled with taco spices and lime. Then combine it with a bell pepper slaw, spicy cashew cream, and feta cheese, and you’ve got a new level of delicious. Oh and pickled red onions for color and crunch!
Another at the top of our easy vegan recipes, this Chickpea Salad Sandwich! It’s quickly becoming a fan favorite, and it works for both vegetarian and vegan diets. Essentially a vegetarian chicken salad sandwich using chickpeas, the chickpea salad features mashed chickpeas, celery, green onion, a little mayo, and a pop of lemon. We served this one up with hummus spread on both sides of the bread, and it added an extra dimension. Use vegan mayo for the vegan version, which is available at many mainstream groceries and online.
This one’s the best veggie stir fry out there. The homemade teriyaki sauce is so easy to make: it takes just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes. The teriyaki also has no refined sugar, instead relying on maple syrup! Combine it with nutrient dense brocolli, bell peppers, and tempeh, and you’ve got a satisfying and protein-filled meal. It’s become a serious go to in our house for easy vegan recipes.
This coconut lentil curry is another in our fan favorite easy vegan recipes, and a quick way to get to something on the table that tastes like it’s been cooking all evening! This is not an authentic Indian or Thai curry, just a coconut lentil curry inspired dish that’s a fast dinner idea. It has a fairly short ingredient list, so it’s feasible to make on a weeknight. The base of the curry is simple: just lentils, coconut milk, Thai curry paste, and tomato paste. It’s also a great way to eat your dark leafy greens! Throw in handfuls of any of your favorite greens; this recipe calls for baby spinach.
These tacos have a special theme, and it’s a color: green! These “verde” vegan tacos are full of fresh flavors, featuring green lentils, green cabbage, and a bright green cilantro drizzle. They’re one of our easy vegan recipes you can whip up on a weeknight.
This soup is one of our most comforting easy vegan recipes, full of tangy tomato, peppery basil, and those lovely pasta dough balls that are gnocchi. Not all gnocchi are vegan (homemade gnocchi are traditionally not), but our favorite brand of gnocchi is vegan and we’ve linked to it in the recipe. It’s easily accessible and makes it simple to enjoy an 100% plant-based bowl of Italian goodness.
Many times when we think of easy vegan recipes, we tend to think towards dinner ideas. But we wanted to give you some breakfast inspiration too! This Homemade Acai Bowl is a tangy purple smoothie made of acai berries and tropical fruit, topped with vibrant toppings of all kinds. Acai pulp can be found in the frozen section in most groceries or online. It’s absolutely worth finding some if you can; the flavor is unique and it makes for a special treat.
If we’re talking easy vegan recipes for beginners, this one is probably the easiest breakfast you’ll ever make. Promise. The instant oatmeal mix takes just 5 minutes to put together and makes enough for breakfasts throughout the week. Then each morning, just add water and microwave for 2 minutes! It’s a genius life hack that makes for simple mornings. Top with nut or seed butter for a filling breakfast.
Of course, what’s a list of easy vegan recipes without a good chili? This savory, hearty quinoa vegan chili is packed with protein and is gluten-free as well. It’s got lots of veggies and the secret ingredients are a bit of adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo (available at most groceries in the international foods aisle). Check out Famous Chili Recipes for more chili.
Italian cuisines place little emphasis on making matters simple, when it comes to making supremely elegant, Chianti-style veal with big artful miso glaze, rare salmon in a brown, a good clamshell of puff pastry and an impressive amount of vegetables scattered with spices. While this “simple” results in a delicious meal, it can be extremely difficult to do it proper if you are over hungry – and in most cases made a job of at least forty minutes shopping.
You’re right to be frustrated, but when you participate in a Mediterranean diet, you should be looking for fantastic rich flavors and nutritionally-rich, fat-burning herbs long before you even board a flight to Australia or Greece in search of the best ingredients to pair with your digested kiwi-flavored pastas.
The best way to learn how to compensate for your feelings of deprivation and avoid the over-eating catastrophe at the restaurant is to begin with a plain ol’ trial and error process: for instance, starting with a bad tomato and goes on to a great whole-grain plain cheese, having a pasta-heavy meal with some sugary fruit juice, some cheesy omelets, and digging out a tin of pasta sauce so you can make tomato with yellow chicory and butter. You’ll soon be feeling hunger pangs for a properly filled 30 minutes with no effort at all.
Then, on the other hand, the Italian way From Salt to Pepper really is to find boozey-fruity teriyaki tossed with bread-curl-y crusted, otherworldly vegetables with mushrooms, and a side of fresh cumin beans or Tuscan over-the-top (the best way to describe it in Italian is as: “Omilia’s finest”). With all the gratefully-baked oven-roasted spaghetti regions, the Cento (and perhaps even frosco, which is not into weight loss…it never turned out with the most abysmally-cooked beef…I once lost 2 kilos from eating but only 4 – with a strong headache…) and one-armed that never worked, to name a few well-ordered, flavorful meals – you’ve got a hunger that will respect its limit for a good bit of time, until you pour grasslands with a sometimes-fierce blend of stress and health…practically endangering your soul to a fitful night rest (any old awakening, no matter how hardly, most likely will foment fullness). You truly think that this kind of exhausting diet is effortless? You’re right – certainly not when it comes to the prodigious quantities of simpleton wine and seafood designed as entrees for sushi.
This is an area of science that seems a little too “random”, too far-outs to worry about; and I do believe that Italian cuisine contains excellent “balanced, nutrient-rich, vegetarian and vegan-friendly ingredients”; if you have the time and energy; if your go-to diet is under thirty minutes, and if you are savored with good seafood; I can assure you that yours is a more satisfactory working diet outcome than your formidable Australian competitors.
Then again, if you’re determined and skilled with your willpower one day and are now disheartened when the hunger-planet doesn’t refine the cost-benefit chains (in a non-theatrical, not pejorative feel lose for adjectives) of your new repertoire until “time-out”; if you know that your battle is not yet over even though you neighbors directed you in superior ways; and if you know that all there is to be gained and suffered is ahead of you, in your Italian food-soaked, protein- and carbs-rich-vast-beyond-your-of, for you…then you have no other choice – real fat loss is bound to come your way. I guess I was sleeping when an idea came to me to write a New Week’s Cravings: Italian Food article for one, dry, and completely loss…EXCEPT you get more regular diet communication out of it than will all you need from me!
Ask any child these days the name of his or her favorite food, the most common answer would be pizza! Across the globe, various ethnicities have embraced Italian cuisine with open arms. Historians have been successful in tracing the inception of Italian food to the 8th century BC.
Dr Sebi says the array of invigorating dishes encompassed by the Italian cuisine is believed to have been originally a Greek invention. Although their regular diet consisted of chickpeas, lupins, dry figs, pickled olives, salted fish, dry fish and pork; special occasions and festivities were marked with delicacies of Magna Graecia including sweetmeats prepared from almonds and walnuts, honey sauce, soups and meat in vinegar which could increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. The invasion of the Italian territory by the barbarians in the 5th century AD resulted in certain transformations in the Italian food habits. The era designated as ‘the revival of the Italian culinary art’ in 1000 AD was highlighted by the incorporation of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet.
The popularity of the most loved food of Italy, the pizza dates back to the civilization of ancient Rome, ancient Egypt and Babylon. The term derived from the Latin word ‘pinsa’ signifies flatbread. The earlier variant of pizza was baked on a hot stone, seasoned with a variety of spices and herbs, and then relished with a combination of vegetable or meat stew. It was in the times of the Middle Ages that pizza attained its latest form. Toppings of various herbs and spices mixed with olive oil supplemented the taste of this Italian food. The final addition of the buffalo cheese, mozzarella came a few years later. Soon, the popularity of pizza crossed the boundaries of Italy and became a favorite of the world over. To know more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
Want to know more article : Italian Food Recipes
A lot of flavorsome Italian food recipes are available which you can easily prepare and serves to your guests. Why pay for a restaurant meal when you can make things really easily at home? These simple recipes are easy to prepare and lovely to serve. Try some of those listed below.
One of the most popular Italian recipes made with wine is chicken Marsala. Based on Marsala wine, mixed with sherry wine, this is an exclusive and elegant recipe and is apposite for the most sophisticated events or official parties. It is easy to prepare, low fat by using skinless boneless chicken breasts and very little oil. It also contains fresh herbs, usually oregano. In this dish chicken is generally served on a bed of steamed rice along with steamed vegetables. A fantastic way to eat low fat food.
This recipe is also an excellent Italian dish usually loved by the local Italians. It is good with garlic and butter. Serve it with crusty bread to make it more attractive to the diners.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and Meatballs is one of the most famous Italian recipes. The most significant cooking tip here is to use the best available ingredients. You can benefit from using the best ingredients as even the chopped tomatoes can really make this recipe more delicious. Moreover for making the meatballs you can choose beef or veal. The most appropriate is beef as it is more suitable to the sauce used as veal goes best with mild, delicate sauces.
This Italian dish is a restaurant-style starter that looks very smart but is actually really simple. It contains thin cuts of raw beef and is normally served as a starter or as an “antipasto”. Beef Carpaccio was actually introduced in Harry’s Bar in the Venice of 1950 and named after the Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio. From here it has become well-known across the whole globe. Certain recipe ingredients often utilized in this delicious dish for example, lemon wedges and arugula (or rocket) leaves make its taste extraordinary. To know more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
More Article : Some Reasons Why Italian Food is Good For Your Health
Italian food is famous throughout the world for being healthy, delicious and easy to prepare. Catering for a variety of tastes, famous Italian food includes pizza, pasta dishes with a variety of sauces as well as a variety of red meat dishes. Whatever your preferences, you can be sure to find a great Italian dish that you will love.
Mushroom Pesto Lasagna
This is a great dish to allow vegetarians to have a taste of Italy! For best results you should make with fresh egg pasta rather than using dried lasagna noodles. This can be served along with parmesan cheese for best results.
Getting this recipe right involves cooking the scampi to perfection. This recipe is great with garlic and butter, while serving crusty bread alongside it will ensure that diners have an opportunity to sop up any residual sauce.
Fish Soup with Gremolata
This can be found in different forms and with different regional takes throughout Italy. The seafood you decide to use can vary based on the preferences of the diner, and what is available for you to use at a given time. Usually cooked in white wine, this dish was originates from the Adriatic coast where it first became popular decades ago.
This is a dish which is often referred to as being Italian American, translating as shoemakers chicken, the dish comprises of chicken in a lemon sauce. The chicken should be cooked until golden brown and the meal should be served alongside a dry white wine.
This is a unique dish because it looks so elegant that it is suitable for the most sophisticated of occasions, however it is so easy to prepare. The dish is healthy because it is does not use much oil, and the chicken is usually served in a bed of flavored herb rice, alternatively it can also be served alongside potatoes.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
The trick to perfecting this recipe is to use the best possible ingredients you can find and take advantage of them. The quality of chopped tomatoes that you use can really make or break this dish. If you are making the meatballs then you could either opt for beef and veal or beef and turkey; they are probably the most suited to the sauce.
This dish consists of thin slices of raw beef and is generally served as an appetizer or a starter. The dish was originally conceived in Harry’s Bar in Venice where it has since became popular throughout the world. The variations between Arugula Leaves, lemon wedges and raw beef make the taste so unique.
This dish consists of turkey sausage, onions, bacon and potatoes. Although not an overly healthy recipe, that does not stop thousands of people around the world naming it their favorite Italian dish of all time. A great aspect of this dish is that it can really be tailored to anyone’s taste, such as changing the ratio of Chicken Broth and heavy cream – or alternatively including or leaving out certain meats. For more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
Want to read more article : Great Italian Food Starts With Fresh Herbs
Italians insist upon fresh ingredients in their food, and their herbs are no exception. There are a variety of fresh herbs common in Italian cooking. Most people are familiar with the little bottles of dried herbs from the grocery store, but if you haven’t prepared food with fresh herbs, you really need to give it a try.
What’s the distinction between an herb and a spice?
Spices are made from the seeds, root, fruit or barks of aromatic plants, while the herbs primarily consist of the leaves and stems. Herb plants contain oils which are very fragrant and add the distinctive aroma and flavor that Italian food is known for.
A few of the most common herbs are basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Basil is a member of the mint family, and like all mint herbs, it is extremely fragrant when picked fresh. Basil leaves blacken when exposed to metal, therefore it is common in Italy to tear the leaves by hand before throwing the basil into a sauce or onto a dish. Basil is the primary herb for the famous pesto sauce.
Oregano is another popular herb in both Italian and Greek food. Most people are familiar with this herb in tomato based pasta sauces and with meats.
Italian Parsley, also known as flat-leaf parsley, is readily available in most grocery stores and is easy to distinguish it from the curly variety frequently used as a garnish. Italians favor this parsley for cooking because it has a much better flavor, while the curlier variety is best saved for garnishing your dish.
Rosemary is another widely available herb and resembles a little branch from an evergreen tree. This is one of the most fragrant of all the fresh herbs and it will retain its flavor and aroma when dried. It’s excellent with vegetables and is often cooked into the dough of breads like focaccia.
Sage has long, broad leaves and is the herb which flavors the traditional Italian Saltimbocca dish. Sage is also very fragrant so be sure you don’t use too much and overwhelm your meal.
Thyme is another herb of the mint family, but in contrast to the other mints, it has tiny leaves that can easily be thrown whole into your sauce or dish. I use this herb frequently because its mild flavor goes well with everything and won’t overshadow the rest of your dish.
There are some basic rules for cooking with fresh herbs. Fresh herbs are more delicate than dried and can lose some of their flavor when cooked too long. For slow cooked sauces and meats, you can add the fresh herbs at the last minute keeping their flavors and aromas intact. On the other hand, the oils in dried herbs are concentrated requiring a smaller amount of than fresh herbs in your recipes. A good general rule of thumb is to use one tablespoon of fresh herbs for every 1 teaspoon of dried herbs needed in a dish. But remember, cooking is an art and you can use as much or as little as you like. Find out more info click Ristorante Pavarotti
More Article : The Simplest Italian Food Recipes
Italian cuisine was developed over centuries, influenced by cuisines of neighboring countries. Joint Italy appeared on the map of Europe just over 100 years ago, thanks to which Italy’s national cuisine has absorbed the best of the Liguria, Milan, Sicily, Naples, Calabria and other cuisines. Contemporary Italian cuisine can be conditionally divided into north and south, the main difference – seasonings used northern and southern chefs to cook the same dishes.
Although Italian cuisine is mostly based on pizzas and pastas, Italians almost never get fat and even live longer in comparison with others. Strange thing right? Let’s try to make everything clear by talking about some inevitable products of Italian cuisine.
Among specialists, nutritionists are waging a brutal battle on the admissibility of pasta for a healthy diet. Majorities is strongly against. Pasta is accused that she contributes to obesity, contain “empty” calories and is in general useless. And yet this product does not disappear from the table of athletes, including bodybuilders.
Like other flour products, pasta is a primarily source of carbohydrates. Most of them are starch, having a glycemic index of medium to high. However, its value depends strongly on the composition of pasta, varieties used for making flour and cooking regime. Adding protein and especially the eggs dramatically reduce the glycemic index, and slow down digestion of starch and reduce the increment in insulin levels. Unfortunately, there is no fiber in pasta, with the exception of products made from durum wheat flour.
Different varieties of pasta can contain up to 12 percent protein. Alas, this is largely inferior vegetable protein, deficient in lysine. However, the addition of eggs increases its nutritional value, practiced as well as enrichment of pasta with protein. Naturally, noodles, made from other grains, will have a slightly different amino acid composition.
The content of fat in the pasta is usually low. Exception – Chinese Kuksa or its analogues, produced in Vietnam. The energy value of pasta is very high. In addition, various additives can optimize the composition of the diet. This introduces a variety of food needed. For athletes are suitable mainly those sorts of pasta, in which there are protein supplements. Also, it makes sense to use products made from flour of the lower classes with a high content of fiber.
Another famous Italian product is the olive oil – the only oil that is absorbed by the body to 100 percent. First, olive oil is an excellent natural remedy for prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It contains a complex of vitamins (A, D, E) and monounsaturated fatty acids, which can reduce the level of harmful cholesterol. Secondly, due to the presence of vitamin E and other antioxidants olive oil effectively prevents premature fading of the organism. And welcome, both internal and external use it. Third, the oil helps to heal stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers, improves the activity of the stomach, intestines, pancreas and liver. Read more indo click Ristorante Pavarotti
Want to read more article : Great Italian Food Starts in the Great Italian Kitchen
If you are thinking about cooking fine Italian foods, then you are going to need to set your kitchen up so that it is prepared to handle the rigors of fine Italian cooking. You are going to need to have many tools that will help you prepare what you plan on serving, and this can be a rather lengthy list when you get right down to it. There are many different pots and pans that will be utilized during your cooking of the Italian cuisine, and this is generally accompanied by various spoons and stirring devices. Pasta spoons and forks will adorn your kitchen, and you will have many hand tools as well that will fill out the balance.
Tomato Crushers And Pasta Makers
If you truly want to make the most out of your kitchen and be prepared to make it the great Italian kitchen, then you are going to need a few larger devices as well. The most popular devices that grace an old school Italian kitchen are the Tomato crusher and the pasta maker. The tomato crusher is used for sauces as it takes tomatoes such as plums and crushes them up, and at the same time it actually heats them. This is the basic start of a great sauce that can be used for anything from pasta, to fine seafood dishes. When it comes to a pasta maker, you will have two choices. You can go with a manual pasta maker, or you can go electric. Which ever you decide, you will be amazed at just how simple it can be to actually prepare your own pasta before cooking.
That Spoon Is Essential
When it comes to transforming your kitchen into a great Italian kitchen, then you are going to need an assortment of spoons and forks to use for fine cooking. There are several types of spoons that get utilized in a kitchen such as this, yet none as prolific as the good old-fashioned wooden spoon. This spoon is a must for those that intent on making a lot of special sauces. This spoon can sit in the pot and not get hot to the touch, and it will not leave a nasty metal taste in the pot, it is to sit too long. These spoons do have their special place an authentic Italian kitchen, so it should be point to ensure that they are in yours as well.
Never Forget The Herbs And Spices
If you are trying to make your kitchen into a fine Italian kitchen, then you should never forget the herb and spices section of the pantry. This is the most important spot in the entire kitchen, and if you are going to cook authentic Italian cuisine, then you will want to be sure that you be prepared to do so with spice. Virtually every recipe in the Italian cuisine uses one form of herb and or spice in it to make it what it is today, and if you want to be successful in your own kitchen you will be sure that your herb and spice section is front and center. Find out more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
More article : Italian Food Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss
It is no secret that Italians love their food. But beyond the time spent in the kitchen and around the dining room table you will also find another Italian tradition through the country – sagre. Sagre are Italian food festivals. Unlike religious festivals that include special foods, like Easter, Shrove Tuesday, and Carnival of Ivrea, these festivals are centered on the local cuisine.
The events are usually held annually and the entire community gets involved. If you happen upon one of these festivals during your stay, you should take advantage of it. You will often have the opportunity to taste local fare and seasonal foods that you might otherwise miss out on during your travels.
As the different fruits come into season throughout the year, you are sure to find Italian food festivals that center around them in different cities. There are many festivals for fruits and vegetables, including artichokes, cherries, lemons, peaches and strawberries. If you are in Apulia in September, Palmariggi even has a festival for pomegranates. One of the most popular fruit festivals occurs in the village of Monterosso al Mare, found in Liguria. This beautiful little village is surrounded by lemon groves, making a truly picturesque scene. The Lemon Festival usually takes place in May, on the third Saturday before Ascension Day.
If you like mushrooms, then you have definitely heard about what delicacy woodland truffles are. Famous throughout Italy, both the white and black varieties have their own festival. For the black truffle, the most famous festival occurs in Norcia, Umbria. However if you miss that one, you could also visit the villages in Marche and Lazio for other black truffle fairs. If the white truffle is what you desire, you should be in Tuscany in late October and early November. The white truffle festival is held in Voltera, and you will find many street vendors selling this high prized fungus during this Italian food festival.
Chocolate And Chestnuts
If desserts are more to your liking, then you will want to visit Turin. Known unofficially as the chocolate capital of the country, this city holds a famous chocolate festival each year where you can taste a wide variety of delicious foods combined with the rich flavor of chocolate. Definitely not the time for dieting if you are visiting this Italian food festival!
A lesser known festival is the Chestnut festival. Held in Castiglione d’Orcia, Tuscany, this festival features the chestnut that grows abundantly in the surrounding area and gives visitors a chance to sample numerous dishes. Campiglia and Vivo are two small towns that are particularly devoted to the festival, and should be included on your itinerary if you are in the area in late October.
With so many miles of coastline, it is no wonder that Italy also has its own seafood festivals that you can take a part in. In July you can visit Calabria for the swordfish festival, or if you are visiting later in the summer take a part in the salt cod festival at Avigliano, Basilicata in August. There is also the Sagra del Pesce, another lively fish festival at Camogli in Liguria. Find out more info click Ristorante Pavarotti
More article : Italian Food
Looking for a great place to eat should never be a chore, but if for some reason you are struggling to make a decision Italian is never a bad choice. You will have very little trouble finding a quality Italian restaurant in or around the area that you live in, as they have manage to practically infiltrate just about every conceivable sector. This is a good thing however; as you will definitely have a hard time finding something on their menus that you are going to want to pass on. The food from the Mediterranean regions is made with some of the most fresh and pronounced ingredients that you will ever find and this is what makes this food so spectacular.
No Choice Is A Poor Choice
If you happen to frequent a specific Italian eatery, you will quickly discover that no choice is a poor choice when it comes to Italian food. The pastas are delightful and filling, and the meat dishes that are served are done so with the choicest cuts that simply melts away off the fork and into your mouth. This is why this type of dining is so desirable today, as it is a level of perfection that is so very thin when it comes to cuisine. With a fantastic bottle of wine and a great loaf of bread, you can transform a simple meal idea into the best decision you have made all week. All this can be accomplished with one trip to the local eatery, and you will not regret it.
Seafood Is A Must
If you are going to enjoy fine Italian food, you really should consider some of their seafood recipes. They have some of the most delightful dishes that will tempt and test your senses, and these foods will always please. From smoked cod to salt baked snapper, you are getting a dish that is seeping in culture and spilling over with flavor. Once you get to the wonderful shellfish dishes, you will already have wiped your mouth more than once due to the exquisite flavors that you are experiencing. With emperor prawn and calamari salads to into the meal, the shell fish samples are anything but stale and boring. Octopus and crab will float in a sea of wonderful cream sauces, and you will not want to stop experiencing what this culture has to offer.
A New Love Affair
When you get a chance to experience dining like you do when you dine Italian, you are getting world class fare at decent prices. You will never make a mistake by choosing to go with this food over anything else, as there are simply too many choices from the menu to make you feel bad. It is always a dining delight, and you will always leave with a full belly that screams “this meal was so worth it!” Try some Italian tonight, and see what everyone else is raving about each and every night.
More Article : Eating Italian Food During an Italy Vacation
Italian food will be very important to you during and after your Italy vacation. The majority of people are commonly surprised by the number of food in Italy especially if they expect to eat pizza, pasta and spaghetti during their Italy vacation. You could you should have you whole fill one classics while you are in Italy but you will likewise want to ensure you why not get fair share of local delicacies too. Make a point the foodstuff you eat is created from locally grown ingredients and ensure you pair the foodstuff with some great wine and you are experiencing Italy at its most appropriate.
Italian meals are classed into 3 regional types. Northern, Central and Southern. While visiting Northern Italy during your Italy vacation, you will experience the meal here’s less “Italian” than you would expect. For example they use less olive oil and more butter. They also eat more rice and corn polenta here than pasta and tomato sauce is not used very often. Northern Italian food also includes a lot of use of wild game found in the countryside. These include wild fowl, rabbit and quail. Northern Italy also has some coastal cities and some towns and villages near streams and rivers. So if you visit Northern Italy during your Italy vacation you might eat a great many seafood and fish.
What we know as “Italian food” comes from Central Italy. Olive oil, cheeses and rich tomato sauces all hail from central Italy. The coastal areas here are, in addition well known for seafood. Italian cooking was said to have been born in Tuscany which is a region in Central Italy so to make certain to visit the field during your Italy vacation. Some of the perfect olive oil is experienced in Southern Italy. But no longer any real of it is exported so make sure you sample the olive oil here during your Italy vacation. Naples, a city in the field is famous for its pizza and southern Italy as an entire grows a lot of citrus fruits and has many vineyards. Some of the best wines on the planet come from Southern Italy. Find out more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
You could eat at several local restaurants during your vacation in Italy. Even so one of the perfect ways to sample a few of the different food that Italy needs to offer during your vacation in Italy is to take a cooking class or make your vacation a culinary one. Many of these families and culinary vacations include continuing a winery tour or wine tasting events. Cooking categories can range from some hours to half each day and they range in price from about $150 to $250. Many of the two are hosted by families in homes or small inns and bed and breakfasts. Some of these families are taught by excellent chefs most whom have written Italian recipe books and manage restaurants. They is prepared to teach you which food comes with which wine to create for a delicious meal. During your Italy vacation you know the way to make your own homemade spaghetti and authentic tomato sauce.
More Article : Recipe to Make Authentic Italian Food You Will Enjoy
Delicate aroma, original, often exquisite taste, versatility, nutritional value and, as a rule, simplicity of preparation is the inherent dignity of Italian cuisine. Having mastered the proposed authentic recipes, you will not only greatly enrich the family menu, but also feel like a real Italian cook, at least within the borders of your own kitchen. You don’t have to be well-known chef to know the secrets of Italian cuisine. The most important thing is your desire. If you want to become a real connoisseur of Italian food this articles is the one you were looking for, because only here you’ll have the opportunity to discover amazing, exquisite and most popular Italian recipes.
You were wondering how to make Sicilian Spaghetti?
All that you need is 150 ml olive oil, 2 eggplants; 350 g of ground beef, 1 onion, finely chopped, 2 cloves garlic, crushed, 2 tbsp. of tomato puree, 400 g canned tomatoes, finely chopped, 1 tsp of sauce, 1 tsp chopped fresh marjoram or oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dried), 60 g black olives, chopped, 1 green, red or yellow pepper purified from seeds and cuttings, 175 g spaghetti, 115 g of grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, fresh oregano and parsley.
Brush with vegetable oil a round sectional shape for a cake with a diameter of 20 cm Lay parchment and brush again with oil. Cut eggplant in circles. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry eggplant 3-4 minutes until browned on both sides. If necessary, add a little oil. Drain on paper towel. Place the minced meat, onion and garlic in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until brown. Add the tomato puree, tomatoes, sauce, marjoram or oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, stirring, 10 min. Add the olives, peppers and cook for another 10 min. Boil water in a saucepan. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and cook spaghetti for 8-10 minutes until cooked. Drain spaghetti and shift into a bowl. Add the meat and cheese and mix with two forks. Lay the eggplant slices on the bottom and walls of the form. Cover with remaining eggplant slices. Bake in preheated oven at 200 C for 40 min. Let stand for 5 minutes and turn onto a plate. Discard the paper and serve, sprinkle with fresh herbs. Traditionally, the Italian table begins with appetizers, followed by salad, followed by the first dish. Typically this is soup, pasta or risotto. Without pasta the Italian table is empty.
What about a Panna Cotta? Don’t you like sweets?
Put the Leaflets of gelatin in water for swelling. Pour the cream in a saucepan, add vanilla, sugar and put on the fire. Boil, cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Gelatin put in a saucepan with cream and dissolve, stirring occasionally. Cream decomposed in 4-6 small molds and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Before serving, turn the molds, jelly out onto a plate. Drizzle with caramel sauce and decorate with berries. Read more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
More Article : The Secrets Behind Using Anchovies in Authentic Italian Food
Anchovies are one of those things that people have very strong opinions about. Just as these little salted fish have a strong flavor, so do people have very strong thoughts on how and indeed if, these should be used in Italian food at all. Even people that love all kinds of Italian food, vehemently reject the flavor of anchovies in their meals.
What happens on occasion is that people have had a bad experience with trying to eat pieces of pizza smothered with little dried up smelly fish. Usually, these experiences are the result of someone making the food who really is not an expert cook. And they just dump a huge handful or three of anchovies onto a pizza with no real regard for authentic flavor combinations. Anchovies are used in a lot of Italian dishes, but they are rarely the primary flavoring ingredient. They combine with other great spicy flavors to make some of those flavors unique to great Italian food.
These little fish are used quite extensively in many Italian dishes like a puttanesca sauce or tapenade and the truth is once they are mixed into the recipe, you would have a real hard time singling out the anchovy flavor.
Anchovies come from the sea, they are a saltwater fish caught extensively in the Mediterranean Sea, often off the coasts of Spain or Italy during the spring and summer seasons. The Italian anchovies are a little bit lighter in flavor than the Spanish ones, but both can be quite tasty when you mix them together in your recipe
These small fish, usually about 3 inches long or so, must be preserved quickly to get the ultimate amount of flavor in your meal. Anchovies are most often preserved in salt, and while this makes for a really strong briny flavor, this is perfect for some authentically flavored Italian dishes. Right after they are caught, the fish are dunked into salt water and spread out to dry in the sun. When they are dry enough they get packed into cans in layers with a layer of sea salt in between them. Then they season for a couple of months and the cans are sealed for distribution.
It is easy to see with this kind of preparation, why anchovies have that very distinctive salty flavor.
Sometimes you can also obtain anchovies that have been packed in olive oil. The olive oil adds an extra nuance of flavor to the fish and these are not quite as salty as the ones cured with sea salt. The best thing to do is probably prepare your dishes with both kinds of anchovies and then decide which you like better. In the case of a tapenade, you might be serving as an appetizer; your guests might actually prefer the saltier taste because they will probably be having drinks. But testing is the best way to go. For more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
When you are preparing great classic Italian dishes at home, the flavor of anchovies can play a big part in the authenticity of your dish. And as long as you orchestrate your flavors so that they all combine well, even anchovy haters will sing the praises of your dinners. And why not, because good food is meant to be good fun.
Want to read more article : Purchasing Italian Food Online – 9 Useful Tips
Internet or the World Wide Web has indeed brought the world together. It has merged the varied cultures in terms of festivals, lifestyles, tastes and food. This surely explains the craze for Italian food in America. But thats no news. The latest update is that nowadays Americans are shifting to the authentic Italian cuisine. They not only want to enjoy the genuine Italian flavor but also want to personalize it to their individual tastes.
The very known chain restaurants have been serving delicious Italian recipes in America for a long time now but now people seem more interested in cooking it at home or purchasing ready-to-serve dishes. These purchases are easily available online. Earlier for such purchases one had to pray to have an Italian family next door or an international market in the neighboring town. But now, internet has made the purchasing quite simpler. Also, one can source various authentic Italian recipes online to try at home. This treat, besides being simpler & quicker would also be quite cheap as compared to the restaurants & hotels in the city.
There are various options one can choose from to purchase Italian food online. You can opt for the specialty vendors that offer the best deal at your convenience. While shopping online one must beware of several things. Here are a few tips for the online shoppers:
1. Watch that the vendor is as close to the source as possible. This would reduce the price as the delivery or transportation charges would surely be lesser.
2. In case you are in search some specific ingredients, hunt for a specialty vendor. Reducing the middle men would lessen the costs further. Also good quality products would maintain the authenticity in taste and presentation.
3. Check how trustworthy the vendor is. You can do this by seeing how long has been in to the business for and how experienced are they with the Italian cuisine.
4. Watch the shipping charges. Purchasing from another country could cost you a bulk of money. However, check that shipping charges are not being levied per item. Obviously, all the goods would be shipped at one go paying per item charges makes no sense.
5. In continuation to the above, one must understand a basic fact that ordering for several items together makes the purchases cheaper for you. For the first time, you can restrict the list and increase the same gradually.
6. At times vendors charge a flat rate for shipping. One may also be able to get specials with free shipping. Surely read the fine prints to understand all sorts of charges. Else, you might be surprised by some unexpected charges like processing charges or extra fees.
7. Italian cuisine consists of several perishable and non perishable items as well. Watch that the items you buy must be delivered in time.
8. Run through the company’s return policy. The vendor must be willing to replace the spoiled or ruined food upon delivery.
9. Italian food is all about fresh ingredients. Watch that you are not made to pay for stale or spoiled stuff. The current scenario is such that many online Italian food companies excel in shipping fresh eatables and are sure to reach your doorstep on time.
In case you have not yet tried a deal, strike upon one now! You never know, you might develop a new taste bud or have an enormous experience better than that fancy Italian cuisine outlet at the outskirts of the city!
For more Article : Italian Food is Exotic
If you are going to take a trip to Italy you are definitely going to want to experience what this fine country has to offer, and that is the fact that Italian food is exotic. This food is what you would come to expect when you travel to far off lands, and you would have a hard time actually soaking in all of the culture and flavors of this food as even in its native country it is very diverse. There are several regions within the country of Italy, and each one has its own way of doing things when it comes to cooking. Some regions rely heavily on the old school techniques, while others are moving forward while still coveting the past.
Even The Pasta Changes
One of the first things you will notice about the different regions within Italy is that even the pasta changes. This means that not all the noodles are the same, from the texture and size, all the way down to how it tastes. This is further proof that Italian food is exotic, and that there are many differences between the mixed and varied regions of this lovely country. Much of the difference with the foods that you find in Italy, have everything to do with the settlers that decided on specific parts of the country. Some people came from the Middle east, while others came in from Spain. Greece also has a large group that has made their way from their own country and settled in. each of these different cultures, have shaped Italy to what it is today.
All Worth It
It is important to note that all of the food may be different in Italy, but this does not mean that it is not all worth a try. Each region shows that Italian food is exotic, and that it is something to try as a first or even 30th time. This is because the food is simply delightful. Each and every bite that you take of the cuisines from Italy is like an explosion of flavors that you feel you have never tasted before. Funny enough much of what the Italians add to their recipes, you have in fact tried before. The difference is in the patience of the cooking, and how these foods are actually blended while cooking. The styles of North American cooking and Italian cooking vary greatly, and this is why so too doing the tastes.
Home Cooking And Restaurant Fare
When it comes to a trick to Italy, it really does not matter where you eat if you are looking for a culinary delight. You could go with an old fashioned home cooked meal or even a fancy 4 star restaurant, either way Italian food is exotic. It does not matter who is doing the cooking, if the food is good it is simply good. There are so many great tastes to be experienced, that it would be a shame if you did not get out and actually explore the country a little. Find out more info click Ristorante Pavarotti
More Articles : Best Italian Food Restaurants in Singapore
Singapore is replete with options for dining and this makes it one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. People roam here on streets for days to get that local touch in taste. Those who love Italian, look for food outside Italy carrying an authentic flavour. Therefore, the native chefs who are trained at Italian restaurants, come with a signature style of their own in Italian – Singaporean cooking to please the local palate.
Offers to Please Your Palate
The region is full of such places where pizzas and pastas can be enjoyed in a luxurious setting on special occasions. These places provide the best food and wine pairings to draw a huge crowd at lunchtime on affordable prices. And, they have this custom to end every meal with an offering of cream-rich gelato. Talk to the expert chefs over here and you may discover that the cuisine is quite diverse in flavour while going from Sicily to Sardinia. It is difficult to decide on which is better when we compare the food of one region with another.
Exotic Food Served Just Right
The exotic meal served in Singapore comprises dishes like Risotto Al Funghi Porcini that is Arborio rice cooked in porcini mushrooms, parmesan cheese and white wine. This one is covered in cheesy base and can be enjoyed anytime you come here for a hearty meal. However, if you wish to try something different, search for Angel Hair Pasta in Italian Chilli Sauce that is served hot. Again, Tagliatelle al Tartufo is smooth homemade pasta with truffle cream sauce combining scallops and prawns.
Look for Specials of the Day
Anywhere you go, just pay attention to a dainty chalkboard which announces specials of the day prepared under the direct supervision of star chefs. Weekend specials, such as Lobster Linguine are offered at best Italian food restaurants in Singapore. If you love cream and cheese, enjoy Pappardelle Al Porcini E Parmigiano Con Crema and get immersed in creamy cheesy flavours.
For a Cheesy, Creamy Experience
However, a highly recommended choice is luscious and creamy, Risotto di Spinaci con Aragosta that makes you forget every taste. Have you ever ordered square pasta? If not, just go for Maltagliati alla Salsa di Aragosta prepared in lobster sauce. The popular spots to go for such delicious meal include Robertson Quay, Marina Bay Sands, Club Street and East Coast Road where people believe that every table needs attention. Some restaurants located here offer an unforgettable experience with renewing their menu every six months. Read more info click Ristorante Pavarotti
More Article : Top Pizza Oven Features For Quick and Best Tasting Pizzas
Baking pizza from scratch can consume much of your time… Fortunately, frozen pizza is available so you can just stick it in the oven and in under twenty minutes you and your family can enjoy a tasty meal.
If you’re a serious pizza lover, then you’re smart enough to know buying an oven just for baking pizza makes sense. The small kitchen appliance pizza oven you plan to buy should offer the following:
Enhances the Taste of Ordinary Frozen Pizza
A great pizza oven can’t improve the taste of pizza that is prepared with poor quality ingredients whether it’s either freshly made or frozen. However, a poorly designed or bad pizza oven may ruin an otherwise great tasting pizza with superior ingredients. The most important standard to judge a pizza oven would be on how it preserves or enhances flavor. How a pizza taste when cooked by a particular oven is subjective, however if you find that many people agree that their pizza tastes better on one oven over another, then it would be safe to say it may be the same for you.
Doesn’t Waste Time and Energy
Everyone is busy these days and spending too much time getting a meal prepared won’t make our lives any easier. Conserving energy is another important requirement appliances in the kitchen must meet without the consumer having to argue for. That’s why you should look for a pizza oven that doesn’t require preheating or reaches the temperature needed to bake a pizza immediately.
Generates Uniform Heat
Have you ever had a pizza that was uncooked in some areas and burnt around others? Some ovens aren’t designed to distribute the heat around a pizza evenly. That’s why it’s important too look for an oven that is designed specifically to bake a pizza. They are designed with separate top and bottom heating elements that help evenly heat a pizza.
Simple to Run
We never give it much thought that an oven is normally boxed shaped. Who would imagine that any other shape would be associated with an oven? Well we need to stretch our imagination a bit and accept the possibility that an oven doesn’t have to be box-shaped and it may not even need a door. There is a pizza oven that is round, just like most pizzas, and it doesn’t need a door to enclose the pizza in order to heat it up. The pizza sits on top of a round pan or platter that rotates between separate top and bottom heating elements. This pizza oven was designed just for making pizzas and not all the other foods that are normally baked or broiled in a counter top toaster oven.
Maybe what prevents us from indulging over more pizza is the effort it takes to clean up after making one. If we want to minimize the necessary choir of cleaning up after baking and eating a pizza, we may want to look for pizza ovens that are easy to clean up. Look for pizza ovens that have non-stick surfaces that are easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Doesn’t Hog Up Counter Space
Before you add another kitchen appliance to your collection, you should make sure there is room for it. If counter and storage space is limited, then you should look for a smaller sized oven that will do the job but won’t take up anymore space than is necessary.
Many pizza lovers who finally discovered they can enjoy pizza as often as they like have discovered that baking one on an appliance designed for pizza is the best way to go. You too will also enjoy the time, energy and money you’ll save when you start using a pizza oven that can do everything we’ve described here ristorantepavarotti.com .
More Article : How to Make Your Own Delicious Pizza
According to Top Brunch Spots Best Brunch NYC guide, making pizza can be an event enjoyed by one person or shared by a group of people. I have made “pizza for two” as well as given hands-on pizza demonstrations for over 100 pizza fanatics! Making pizza is FUN! Get people involved in your pizza adventure and magic will happen.
To make your pizza you need mixing bowls, a measuring cup, measuring spoons, a rolling pin (optional), a pizza pan or cookie sheet and a cooking thermometer.
If you want to cook incredible pizza you may want to invest in a pizza peel and a cooking stone. The peel, a kind of paddle is used to transport the pizza from the counter to the oven and back. Investing in a cooking stone will help you in your quest for the perfect pizza. The pizza stone will allow you to cook your pizza quickly and completely
Ingredients for the Easy Dough Pizza Dough Recipe (Makes 2 or 4 Pizzas!)
Use this recipe if you will be making your pizza the same day.
1 Package yeast (1-2 teaspoons of yeast or less)
2 teaspoons of sugar (Optional if using cold ferment, below)
4 cups of flour (Can be All purpose or Bread Flour. I recommend Caputo or King’s Arthur flour. Any all purpose flour will work. For a softer pizza, use bread flour. You can also use 1/2 All Purpose, 1/2 Bread flour)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil (Optional: Olive oil will make your crust softer, for a harder crunch, omit)
1 and 1/2 cups of warm water
1. Put yeast in a cup. Add sugar and 1/2 cup of water. The water should be between 100°and 110°F (37°C- 43°C.) degrees. Mix well. Wait about 5 minutes for the yeast and sugar to activate.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the olive oil, flour, salt, 1 cup of warm water and the yeast mixture. Mix this with a fork to get all the liquid absorbed by the flour.
3. Place a handful of flour on a mixing surface. Dust your hands and spread out the flour. Empty the contents of the bowl on to the flour.
4. Mix and turn out on a mixing surface. Your dough should be a little sticky and not dry. If to dry add a tablespoon or 2 of water. Depending on the elevation where you live, you may have to adjust this.
5. Knead the dough vigorously for 6-8 minutes or until the texture is smooth and uniform. If the dough seems a little sticky, add a little more flour.
6. Place dough in bowl. Drizzle dough with olive oil. cover with cloth or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest for an hour to 1 and 1/2 hour. Punch down and wait another hour.
Cold Ferment Alternative Dough Method
A better alternative to the above recipe is to make your pizza dough the day before and use a cold ferment.
Using the cold ferment method make your dough the day before and allow to proof in the fridge overnight. All ingredients are combined and mixed as above. It is not necessary to use warm water.
You can also omit sugar if using this method. Place dough in a plastic bag and drizzle with olive oil.
If using a pizza stone, make sure you place it in the oven before you turn on your oven. When ready to make pizza, pre-heat your oven to 500+ F for at least an hour. Longer if using a pizza stone. It is essential that your oven be very hot and pre-heated before you cook your pizza.
Divide dough into 2 or 4 equal parts and roll each piece into a ball.
Using your fingers or the rolling pin, roll out flat.
Top your pizza with your favorite pizza toppings. Use fresh ingredients. Fresh vegetables are best. Place some crushed stewed tomatoes or sauce on dough. Use your favorite cheese, vegetables, and meats. Use your imagination.
After you’ve made pizza a few times, don’t be afraid to experiment.
When making pizza less is more. Do not over crowd your pizza. Allow the taste of the dough to shine through. Use restraint when topping your pizza. Less is more!
Cook pizza in 500+ F degree oven for 8-10 minutes until bottom has started to brown. For cooking pizza the hotter the better. Remember to pre-heat your oven for at least 1 hour. Read more info click ristorantepavarotti.com
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